#COMPOSITES4_0

Plataine launches free trial package for Composites Freezer Management software

Composites fabricators can now gain better control and visibility into freezer inventory and monitoring shelf-life. With the free trial, advanced manufacturers will be able to experience the Smart Factory with no upfront cost and zero disruption to production.

Bindatex adopts 4.0 digital technology, increases productivity by 20%

Installation of a cloud-based production data capture system significantly improved the company’s productivity and reduced leadtimes by a quarter.

Aerospace

Strata adopts 4IR technology to drive expansion

The company leveraged Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology to strengthen core manufacturing capabilities, diversify product portfolio and pivot into new areas of manufacturing.

Cutting/Kitting

AI-based software solution improves Enercon's cutting and kitting operations

Plataine's optimization software solution enables Enercon to meet market demand, automate manufacturing processes and significantly reduce production costs and material waste.

Valuable data: From travelers to the as-built digital twin

Taking advantage of the electronic record proves to be of significant value to composite fabricator’s record-keeping process. 

Additive Manufacturing

Orbital Composites, ORNL collaborate to advance robotic polymer and composite AM

The research will focus on the development of a commercially-ready system capable of robotic overprinting on pre-manufactured non-planar surfaces, with multi-material polymers and continuous fiber. 

Additive Manufacturing

Teton launches Smart Slice simulation 3D printing tool

The software automatically optimizes slicing parameters for 3D printers, reduces print iterations and provides near instant feedback on the viability of a user’s project.

Thermoplastics

CAMX 2020 announces conference program and keynote speaker

Presentations from Microsoft, Uber Elevate, BFG International, Joby Aviation, Anzac Contractors, the Florida DOT will be featured at CAMX 2020.   

ITA acquires composites 4.0-enabled BIAXTRONIC warp-knitting machine from Karl Mayer

This latest technology will aid development of open-meshed textile grids and non-crimp fabric structures for composites and concrete reinforcements.

Defense

Quickstep Technology selects JETCAM and CrossTrack for nesting and material tracking

In its final stages of JETCAM testing, Quickstep maintains its future expansion plans for Industry 4.0 functionality and a paperless factory.

Wind/Energy

FASTIGUE: Empowering digital twins of large-scale composite structures

A 3D finite element technique to resolve the fidelity-versus-speed dilemma of performing fatigue analysis for large composite structures.

Aerospace

GKN Aerospace receives keys to Global Technology Centre in Bristol

The facility will support GKN’s commitment toward next-gen aircraft technology developments, Industry 4.0 and more.

Prepregs

Composites complete IYRS heavy lift quadcopter demonstrator concept

Boasting a prepreg carbon fiber airframe, the HLAP concept became a platform for a variety of composite fabrication techniques.

Siemens AG, SAP accelerate digital transformation with partnership

Integration of software solutions across PLM, ERP, asset management and supply chain will drive digital transformation across enterprises.

Carbon Fibers

German Bionic unveils fourth-generation carbon fiber exoskeleton

The Cray X features a frame made with SGL Carbon carbon fiber and aids workers when lifting loads of up to 28 kilograms for up to eight hours.

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2020 Preview

Transformed into a virtual event, the latest CAMX 2020 preview describes some of the opportunities that will be available for visitors and exhibitors. 

Prepregs

Conbility: Mass production of composite tape laminates

RWTH Aachen spin-off scales up production for low-cost, in-situ consolidated composites as inserts for lighter, cheaper injection-molded parts.

Fabrics/Preforms

Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms

An evolving landscape of automation, sensors and AI software is not an end, but a means to achieve the cost, quality, efficiency and agility required for future manufacturing.  

Thinking machines

Algorithm-based artificial intelligence, once only imagined, is here. It can do a lot of good.

Design/Simulation

Plataine releases production scheduler version 4.0

The AI-based technology integrates production scheduling with shop floor management for a more efficient manufacturing process.

Design/Simulation

Siemens delivers AI-powered CAD sketching technology

The NX Sketch software tool offers flexibility and eliminates upfront constraints in a 3D CAD environment. 

Fabrics/Preforms

High-rate, automated aerospace RTM line delivers next-gen spoilers

At Spirit AeroSystem’s Prestwick facility in Scotland, a glimpse of the future of aerocomposites manufacturing in a resin transfer molding line for A320 spoilers.

ATL/AFP

ZAero project update

The 2019 final review demonstrated integration of an automated CFRP process chain: AFP inline inspection and rework, cure and resin flow sensors, part performance prediction and a decision support tool for line operators.

Digital thread vs. digital twin

Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.